Dear Parents and Caregivers,
January began on a nice note by welcoming new families to our centre and saying farewell to the rest of the graduating children from Mozart Class. Due to Australia Day, all classes were learning about Australia, its flag, animals, food, landmarks and Aboriginal Culture during the last two weeks of the month.
Monet Class: We worked on simple activities as we were settling the new children into the routine of the room. We introduced children to washing hands, sitting during meal times, sitting on the mat during circle time and so on. During the third week we observed Australia’s culture and celebration of Australia day. We learnt the elements of the Australian flag, introduced some of the traditional Australian snacks such as Vegemite, Anzac biscuits and Weetbix. Children had a cooking experience where they prepared their own Vegemite on toast. The last week of January we focused on Australian animals and Indigenous heritage. Children explored Aboriginal art cards displaying an emu, kangaroo, platypus, koala and snake. We had a dynamic story time where we read the book ‘The wheels on the ute’. We had animal tools (like puppets) interacting with the children during this story.
Michelangelo Class: In the beginning of the month we focused on various Montessori materials and skill development. We introduced the basic shapes, sizes big and small, transferring beans with a spoon, sorting and differentiating colours. We then focused on our classroom routine, learnt about the map of Australia, Australian animals and food, and introduced the letter “A”. After Australia Day we continued with Montessori topics and activities, such as pouring water, reviewing the classroom routine, introducing the letter “M” and learning a new transferring activity. In the end of the month we focused on self-help skills: how to use the toilet, take off and put on pants, put our belongings in their right place and more. We also reviewed a few numbers, the Australian map (its shapes and colours), and introduced the Aboriginal flag to the class as part of the upcoming cultural visit from the First Nations tutor during the first week of February. Needless to say everyone’s favourite topic was Aussie animals!
Mozart Class: We started the new school year with the topic “My Class and School”. The topic helped the children to get to know and remember their class name, curriculum areas, expectations of their learning in class and the name of their centre, all of which supports the development of identity and belonging in order to settle better in the new learning environment. During the second week the children had an opportunity to learn about their body parts and feelings, which enhances the awareness of their emotions and understanding others’ feelings during the process of building relationships and interacting with friends. They also learnt how to express their feelings, ways to ask friends in a polite way to stop annoying them and how to report their pain/big emotions to teachers. During the last two weeks, children had a great time learning about their current country, Australia and Aboriginal Culture. All children were interested in learning about Australian animals, dot painting, stories about Dream Time and Australian songs for kids.
NOTE: Autumn is coming and with it unpredictable weather. Please ensure your children always have suitable clothing and footwear at the centre, thank you!
- Montessori Early Education Taringa Team